Barnett Shale

Employees of an oil and gas company work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Study: No Link Between Fracking & Contamination

A University of Texas study says there’s no direct link between groundwater contamination and a controversial process to extract oil and gas known as fracking.


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Fracking Website Bringing Disclosures Into Focus

Gas producers in North Texas are now required to publicly disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, and the amount of water they use to do it.


A drilling rig explores for gas. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Barnett Contractors Announce Layoffs After Chesapeake Cuts Back

One day after Chesapeake Energy announced to cut back on its drilling operations, independent contractors report job cuts have already began inside other companies that depend on the Barnett Shale.


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Residents, City Will Share Economic Toll Of Less Barnett Shale Production

Chesapeake Energy’s decision to scale back gas production and drilling on the Barnett Shale is expected to take a similar toll on city revenue in Fort Worth and on private citizens.


A drilling rig explores for gas. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Chesapeake Energy Cutting Production In Barnett Shale

With natural gas positioned as the energy source to power Texas homes for 200 years, Larry Langston expected to get at least a few decades of production out of the gas under his land.


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EPA Eyes Link Between Fracking & Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that fracking — a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells — may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution.


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Gates At Fort Worth Natural Gas Facilities Found Opened, Raises Security Questions

The day Melissa McDougall told the Fort Worth zoning committee she was concerned about unsecured gas facilities in the city, she expected to find the problem solved. That afternoon, though, friends photographed gates wide open at Chesapeake Energy’s Mercado compressor station, she said.


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Fort Worth Could Lift Ban On Drilling Water Disposal In December

Just three days after Fort Worth extended its on five-year ban on burying gas drilling waste in the city, CBS11 has discovered the city could lift the ban by December.


A drilling rig explores for gas. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Barnett Shale Drilling Wanes, Booms Elsewhere

Drilling is at a seven-year low in the North Texas natural gas fields. But even as drilling pace slackens in the Barnett Shale, it’s booming in other oil and gas fields of Texas such as the Permian Basin of West Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas.


Rick Perry Gives Speech On Energy Independence And Jobs At PA Steel Plant

Perry’s Jobs Plan Based Off Barnett Shale

On Friday, Governor Rick Perry announced his plan to help millions of unemployed Americans. At a steel plant outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Governor Perry said the answer is to take what’s happening in the Barnett Shale in North Texas — and recreate it in other parts of the country.


A Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (credit: AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

Report: Barnett Shale Accounts For 40 Percent Of Economic Growth In Past 10 Years

Natural gas companies have only been drilling the Barnett Shale for a decade, but the amount of economic activity that generates annually has already sailed past what aircraft manufacturing and transportation bring to the region, the Fort Worth City Council was told Tuesday.


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Fort Worth Enforcing Seismic Readers Popping Up In Town

Fort Worth is enforcing new rules for operators hunting down natural gas deposits in the city.